Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s

Caroling with
St. Peter’s

Caroling with St. Peter’s
A wonderful family event in the generous
spirit of Jesus Christ

Come gather in the parish center following the 5:30 mass on Saturday December 16 to organize carpools, practice and to go forth with song to the homebound of our parish community.

Please sign up below so we have an idea of how many people we’re expecting:

Advent Evenings of
Peace and Friendship

Come join us as we gather together to prepare ourselves for the Christmas season in a relaxed series of Tuesday evening gatherings. Each week we’ll spend time discussing how the Advent Gospels fit into our daily lives and conclude by enjoying each other’s company casually over Wine, Beer, Cheese & Dessert.

The evenings will be held on Tuesdays: 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19, all at 7:30-9:00 PM in the Chapel.

Come as often you wish… There’s no-commitment and nothing to join. It’s a great way to both explore your Faith & get to know your fellow Parishioners better.

We do ask that you please let us know you are coming so we can prepare. Sign up below. We look forward to seeing there!

I will attend on (check all that apply):

Tuesday, 11/28

Tuesday, 12/5

Monday, 12/12

Tuesday, 12/19

2017- Tuesdays:

Advent Gatherings (Chapel)
Nov. 28
Dec. 5
Dec. 12
Dec. 19

2018 – Tuesdays:
Jan. 9

Feb. 13

Lenten Gatherings (Chapel)
Feb. 20
Feb. 27
Mar. 6
Mar. 13
Mar. 20

Apr. 10

May 8
June 12


Ushers Needed:
Christmas Masses

Attention Ushers – Christmas Masses

We need your assistance at all of the Christmas Masses. Please note that a sign-up sheet is posted on the Usher’s door near the sacristy. If you would like to serve as an usher for the first time, please contact Deacon Paul Kazanecki at or 201-384-0192.

Christmas Mass

Christmas border 3
The Nativity of the Lord

Masses on Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24
4:00 PM
Children’s Choir Christmas Program

4:30 PM
Mass (with Children’s Choir)

7:00 PM – Mass

9:30 PM – Carols with Choir
10:00 PM – Evening Mass

Masses on Christmas Day
Monday, December 25
8:00 AM  –   10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Rectory Closings and
Daily Mass Schedule: 

Closed: December 22 with
Regular Daily Masses: 8:00 and 11:30 AM
Closed: December 24, 25, 26
One Mass Only on
December 26:
9:00 AM

Family Shelter Hosting Week
Volunteers & Donations Needed

Family Shelter Ministry
Hosting Family Promise Guests
January 28 – February 3rd

St. Peter’s will be hosting parents and children from Family Promise during the week of January 28-February 3. With support from Temple Avodat Shalom, First Congregational Church and St. Joe’s, we will provide a home filled with love, delicious meals, lots of activities and support. At this time, we do not know how many families we are expecting. We are in need of volunteers for setup on Saturday, 1/27, and several different tasks on Friday & Saturday, 2/02 and 2/03, as well as breakdown on Sunday 2/04 after the families leave. In the category of Entertainment Hosts (7:30-9 pm Friday & Saturday), we are recruiting for a minimum of 2 adults as well as up to 2 teens or children with parents.

Please sign up below to volunteer to participate as well as to donate much needed items so we can stock our pantry for the week.

St. Peter’s Support Group
Upcoming Trip Info

St. Peter’s Singles Support Group Upcoming Trip Information:

Check their website for details on a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show, Norfolk/Williamsburg, British Isles/Paris, Mackinac Island and Mystic, Foxwoods and the Newport Mansions.

Call Kathy Marshall at 973-246-6148 or email her at for any questions and reservations.

Advent Giving Tree
Extended to Dec. 17

Advent Giving Tree
Through December 17th

Please bring unwrapped gifts and gift cards to the Gathering Space at any time, but no later than Sunday, December 10th.

Gifts will be collected and delivered to:
♦ Families within our community
♦ h.i.p. (Heightened Independence and Progress) Individuals living independently in spite of their disabilities
♦ Bergen Youth Center

Donations (cash or check) for Shop Rite and Target Gift Cards can be left in the donation boxes in the Gathering Space, or brought to the Rectory, c/o Chris Black. We will purchase these gift cards for you!

Taize Prayer

Advent Taize Prayer:
Wednesday Evenings
7:30 PM
November 29
December 13
December 20

The Liturgical Season of Advent is a time for us to focus on the coming of our Lord.

It is a time for us to reflect back and celebrate the anniversary of the Lords first coming into this world.

It is also a time for us to prepare that our Lord will come again and we must be ready to meet Him.

We invite you to join us as we enter into this joyful season of preparation and hope.

Evening Prayer with
Exposition and Adoration

Come join us on December 14 at 7:30 p.m. as we gather to pray Evening Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours in the presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament. We will have a brief period of silent adoration and meditation followed by benediction.


Support Group for Parents
Grieving the Death of a Child

Third Monday of each month 
Next meeting: December 18
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Rectory
No preregistration and no fee


Book Discussion

What Are You Doing For The New Year? – Book Discussion

Our Archbishop, Joseph Cardinal Tobin, has said “In too many parts of our church LGBT people have been made to feel unwelcome, excluded, and even shamed.” A recent book by James Martin, SJ, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and LGBT Community Can Enter Into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity, has become a controversial book within and outside the church. Why?

At St. Peter’s, we would like to explore that simple question in a series of three (3) sessions, which would involve reading the book and attending sessions on January 11, January 18, and January 25, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the Parish Center. All are welcome!

The only course material would be purchasing Fr. Martin’s book at a cost of $19.99 and your presence. Please contact Deacon Paul Kazanecki at or leave message at the Rectory, if you would like to join the discussion or have any questions.



Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

A statue of Mary is available every week for praying at home.  Pick up the statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.







Quick Links

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

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Outside St. Peter’s

St. Francis Gift Shop

St. Francis Gift Shop

Due to overwhelming requests to remain open and the lack of Religious Gift Shops locally, the Franciscan Gift Shop at 253 Knickerbocker Road, Tenafly, NJ will remain open. We have a large selection of religious and gift items. Come visit the beautiful Bethlehem Display and Christmas Shop. Irish confectionary and supplies will be available in early Dec.  There are weekly specials and sales.

Hours:    Thursday, Friday, Saturday  10 AM – 3 PM

For Info Call:   201-568-0478


Police Reserves Needs Volunteers

Volunteers Needed to Join the River Edge Police Reserves

Make a difference; give us your time and talent!

The River Edge Police Department is currently seeking volunteers to join their dedicated team of Police Reserve officers.  The Police Reserves are civilian volunteers trained to support and contribute to the overall safety and protection of the community.  The Reserve force provides the department with extra manpower on a regular basis that can be deployed quickly for critical incidents and other emergency situations that require more officers than would otherwise be available.

Applications to become an Officer in the River Edge Police Reserves are accepted year round and can be picked up in person at the River Edge Police Department Headquarters.

Knights of Columbus Membership

The Knights of Columbus are inviting all Catholic gentlemen over the age of 18 to join our organization for promoting our guiding principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The River Edge Knights serve the Parish of Saint Peters the Apostle and local community by volunteering their time and treasure in assisting the poor, disabled and disenfranchised, as well as programs for supporting our youth. Please contact Bob Garcia on: 201-262-7766, or via Email:, or on our website: for more information. We look forward to welcoming you!

LIONS Needed!

The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations).  The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes.  “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”  Please join in helping others.  The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June.  Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.

Bergen Volunteers Needed

The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website ( lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.

Request for Hospice Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.

Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit patients during the daytime hours during the week and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals.

For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt-A-Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


The Seniors of St. Peter's

For Ages 55+
2nd Sunday of the Month
After the 11:00 AM Mass
In the Parish Center

St. Peter's Youth Group

Every Sunday, 7:00 PM in the Youth Room

St. Peter's MoMS Group

MoMS Group
(Ministry of Mothers Sharing)

Weekly on Thursdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

Parents Support Group

Support Group for Parents
Grieving the Death of a Child
Third Monday of each month
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Rectory
No preregistration and no fee

Project Linus

Crocheters and knitters meet weekly on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:00 January through early June in the Casazza Center which is in the basement of the rectory. We make afghans, which are donated through the local chapter of Project Linus to sick and needy babies. All who are interested are welcome.

Any question, email:

St. Peter's Quilters

The quilters meet weekly in the Parish Center on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Fall and Spring (announced in the bulletin). All are welcome. We will find a job for everyone and will teach you our skills. The finished quilts are donated to the homeless teens at Covenant House in Newark. For more info call Marge Haggerty 201-262-0389 or email